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Special K Chalkbag w/ Belt Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Chalk Bags

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: flatstateclimber, 2005-10-30

I needed a chalk bag, but I wasn't excited about a boring, run-of-the-mill bag. I talked to the manager at the gym I climb at, he called Krieg and ordered one for me. A bag made with salvaged camouflage from a pair of German army surplus pants showed up. Drawstring is effortless, the toothbrush holder actually can hold 2 brushes, and I can clip it on with a biner or use the belt. Plus, the camouflage exterior is the only one I've seen like it! Now if I can just remember where I set it down....

Chaos Harness (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.40/5 Average Rating : 4.40/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Harnesses: Fixed

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: flatstateclimber, 2005-10-30

Even when it rides up on me hang-dogging in the gym, this harness is quite comfortable. The non-adjustable leg loops are much better than others I have tried. Not that I rope climb all that much, but it sure is more comfortable now that I own the Chaos.

Zealot (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.21/5 Average Rating : 3.21/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Review 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: flatstateclimber, 2005-10-29

The Gryptonite rubber on these delaminates too easily, and wears unevenly on the sole of the shoe. The unlined heel cup has a lot of dead space and a seam, which makes many heel hooks uncomfortable. My heel has actually fought the shoe to fit in the heel cup and seems to be winning as the sides of the shoe have begun to split.
I've had them resoled (by Yosemite Bum) with Trax rubber, and have seen a marked improvement in their durability and climbing prowess. Good bouldering shoe, but I can't imagine wearing these for an extended period of time on TR, sport, or trad.
The only reason that I keep climbing in these shoes is that they edge well, the toes point into anything I want, and the toe box/front half of the shoe fits really well. The straps are redundant. The Zealot is a slipper, plain and simple. The straps serve to keep it from slipping off like many slippers would on heel hooks and the like.

Bandit Climbing Shoe (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.65/5 Average Rating : 4.65/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: flatstateclimber, 2005-10-29

I love these shoes. The way they fit when you buy them is the way they'll fit when they finally die at the crag. Aside from a little shrinkage when in cooler weather, I never worry about them not fitting the same. I'm on my second pair of them. They held up well to over 8 months of gym abuse (Florida's missing rocks) and an occasional foray onto Southern sandstone. I can wear these for extended periods of time bouldering without discomfort, unlike other shoes I've tried while thus far.

DropZone (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.81/5 Average Rating : 4.81/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Crash Pads

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: flatstateclimber, 2005-10-15

I actually have the DropZone II. I think the pad's pretty good, not the best. The pad itself hasn't failed me (except when I missed it falling/bailing off a highball). Thick enough to pad my falls, and I'm the "fat kid" out of the guys I boulder with (6'-0", 170 lbs). Easy to pack up and go from problm to problem. My only complaint is how easily the carry straps will disconnect from the pad. Good for travel I guess, but it's kind of a pain everytime you pick up the pad to shoulder it and both straps are loose. It's performed like a champ under me though!

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